This was an intense introduction to this series. I have previously read Finding Sheba (the first book in this series), but it's been a while. Now I'mThis was an intense introduction to this series. I have previously read Finding Sheba (the first book in this series), but it's been a while. Now I'm curious to know how it all fits together since I can't remember a Chalice (the heroine in this story) in that book and I would like to know the rest of her story. Moore's writing and characterization are always great.
What I was missing in this was that it felt rushed, like the characters connected and moved past friendship rather quickly, too quickly, and that nothing is explained in any way. I also wanted a lot more info, maybe another 30-60 pages worth. It felt more like a prologue to me.
Content: Some violence and attempted rape, but considered clean. Source: Received a complimentary copy from eBooks for Review, which did not affect my review in any way....more
Deceived was the first book of Peterson's that I've read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Like any good suspense novel, there was a mystery (Tara couDeceived was the first book of Peterson's that I've read, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Like any good suspense novel, there was a mystery (Tara couldn't remember how her aunt died), plenty of danger, suspense in not knowing who the villain is or when he/she will appear, and a climatic ending when almost all was lost. There was also an element of romance and a religious slant to this one.
I did have a few issues here and there. One was how quickly the two main characters fell in love. There were also a few inconsistencies in the characters. Then the ending didn't completely feel realistic and it tied up almost too perfectly.
There were also several things that I liked. I really liked Joseph. I liked how his background and experiences melded together to make him into the man he was. I liked how vulnerable and mixed up Tara was because it felt authentic. She would act that way after all she had been through and the other things influencing her. I loved Digger and Bear and Joseph's dog, Scrap. I liked that I wasn't completely sure who was behind everything until a certain phone call towards the end, although I had my suspicions.
Suspense novels should hold the reader in suspense until almost the end and this one definitely did that. Deceived was overall a sweet, suspenseful, inspirational, and enjoyable read.
Content: Some expected violence, but clean. Source: I would like to thank Covenant for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way....more
Hotwire was an adventure and suspense filled story about Christy, an eighteen-year-old spy who works for a US black ops unit. This is the sec3.5 Stars
Hotwire was an adventure and suspense filled story about Christy, an eighteen-year-old spy who works for a US black ops unit. This is the second book in the series, but you could read the stories separately up to this point as the missions are completely separate. Christy is an interesting character as is her team and I like how their friendship and camaraderie develop as they work together. There is also some sweet romance, but it definitely isn't a focal point of the story.
I liked Hotwire much better than the first book. I think that is because the villains in this story aren't quite as manic and psychotic. It felt more authentic. There is still plenty of drama and some parts were unrealistic, but I enjoyed the story overall. The ending is intense and crazy. The author definitely wasn't afraid of letting her characters get a little, actually a lot, roughed up. I wasn't quite sure who would be alive at the end of this and who to trust.
Overall, an entertaining, through suspenseful and somewhat violent read. I would recommend Hotwire to those who enjoy reading YA or NA suspense.
Content: Innuendo, abuse, attempted rape, and violence. Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way....more
Under a Georgia Moon was a really cute and sweet romance. It had everything you look for in the genre: two attractive and fun characters, som3.5 Stars
Under a Georgia Moon was a really cute and sweet romance. It had everything you look for in the genre: two attractive and fun characters, some tension, a little humor, and a little sizzle. It had a plausible story and was an entertaining read overall.
I really liked both of the main characters: Addie and Chase. They were fairly well matched. There were a few spots that I wanted them both to have a little more backbone, but they definitely weren't perfect which made them feel more authentic. The romance was definitely forefront in the story, which you'd expect, and was a little cheesy in spots. The story did have a good balance of humor, a little danger, some bittersweet moments, and some things thrown in the way of these two coming together to drive the story. I really liked the involvement of both Addie's and Chase's families because they added a lot to the story.
Under a Georgia Moon was fun, clean, sweet, and ended with a happily-every-after. I'm looking forward to seeing what Anderson writes next!
Content: There is some mild and brief innuendo, but this was definitely clean. Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way....more
Temporary Bridesmaid was a really cute read. I liked the characters and I liked the craziness of the plot as it switches from three different3.5 stars
Temporary Bridesmaid was a really cute read. I liked the characters and I liked the craziness of the plot as it switches from three different points of view: Jenny's, James', and Stephie's. You have these two main characters/love interests that are both in their mid-to-late 30's and are still single with no prospects in the future. They both have also pretty much sworn off the opposite sex and aren't looking for love. Of course love has a different idea. There was a pretty strong attraction between the two of them, but they were friends, well, maybe more frenemies, before anything else. The jump to love for them both was pretty quick, but sweet and I liked how James especially was sure that when you know you've found the one there is no disputing that.
I also liked the group of friends. I did feel a little out of the loop, like this should have been the fifth book in the series or something because I wanted to know more about the other girls. Stephie's story was heartbreaking and I really felt for her. At the same time, her story felt both unique and a little out of place. I think she easily could have had her own book with a continuation of her story from where this one ends. Then there were some random religious aspects. It's like the book couldn't decide between being an LDS novel or a main-stream contemporary romance. It still worked for me, but it may rub others the wrong way. Some of the characters' internal dialogues also dragged a little. Regardless, for the most part, I still enjoyed them.
Overall, Temporary Bridesmaid was a sweet, humorous, heartfelt, and at times heartbreaking contemporary romance. I will definitely look into what else this author has written or writes in the future. I liked her writing style and her characters were endearing.
Content: Clean Source: Received through eBooksforReview.com, which did not affect my review in any way....more
I was pleasantly surprised by Persuaded. It was cute, intense in parts, full of friendship and family, and romantic. I knew enough from reading the AuI was pleasantly surprised by Persuaded. It was cute, intense in parts, full of friendship and family, and romantic. I knew enough from reading the Austen version how the story would most likely end, but the author made the story her own. There were twists and I really didn't know how everything would come about and where the plot would take me.
I really liked these characters. It was true that two or three of them got on my nerves at points, but they all played their parts well and stayed true to their characters. I especially loved Hanna, Derrick, Derrick's sister and her husband, and Hanna's two little nephews. They all brought so much to the story and made it feel intimate and sweet in spots. Derrick was fairly charming. I liked how his character evolves quite a bit through the story as he figures things out. I also really liked Hanna and that she was consistent and loyal through everything. She could have been seen as a pushover, but under the surface she was steadfast and the glue that held her family together.
I really loved the setting, with the ocean, the beach, and the boat. I loved the sprawling feel to the story and the long walks and talks the characters had. The setting added an ease to the story even when I wanted to be frustrated with some of the characters. It also gave lots of opportunity for everyone to spend some serious time with each other playing and getting to know each other better. I think it helped make the story feel more authentic and the romance not rushed.
Persuaded was an overall beautiful story. It's definitely one I would pick up again. If you enjoy Austen retellings or romance in general I'd definitely recommend giving it a try. I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Content: Clean, except for some innuendo. Source: Received through eBooksforReview.com, which did not affect my review in any way....more
This is the third book from this author I've read and I've enjoyed them all. I'm so glad that Softly FalOriginally posted here with an ebook giveaway.
This is the third book from this author I've read and I've enjoyed them all. I'm so glad that Softly Falling did not disappoint. It was a sweet story about hardship, finding ones backbone and self, second chances, learning to forgive, and finding love in unexpected places. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it to sweet romance readers.
I appreciated that the romance wasn't the focal point of the story, although it definitely help drive it. I enjoyed the historical setting with its tidbits of information here and there from the time period. I also really loved so many of these characters, especially Lily and Jack! I loved the friendly and protective ranch hands, the feisty cat named "Freak," the four children taught by Lily, and the helpful and rather humorous butler. There were several sweet, humorous, and endearing moments. Lily and Jack are first and foremost friends. I loved how Jack feels so protective of Lily while also encouraging her to spread her wings.
There was enough romance, tension, and danger for the plot to engage me while also building a strong story. It wasn't fast-paced, but I enjoyed how the plot slowly develops and how I really got to know these characters. There were several heartbreaking and tender moments that touched my heart and made me smile. I'm looking forward to seeing what Kelly writes next!
Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way....more
Ring on Her Finger was a fun and cute romance. It did frustrate me at times when I wanted to literally shake some sense into both Amanda and Blake. ThRing on Her Finger was a fun and cute romance. It did frustrate me at times when I wanted to literally shake some sense into both Amanda and Blake. There were some edgier parts that had more depth when Blake had to deal with his family and his past. He and Amanda definitely also tend to have issues with getting hurt with minor scrapes through proving themselves in Blake's case (such as trying to catch a greased pig) and with Amanda just minding her own business on a date (when out horseback riding with Blake for one instance). There was some humor, tension, a huge sense of family (I loved Amanda's family!!!), and some stubbornness romance. I did want more chemistry between Blake and Amanda. I felt like they didn't spend as much time getting to know each other and have actual conversations as they should have. They did have conversations, but they were generally one sided one way or another and with Amanda just being obstinate. There also was some inspirational moments that came across as an afterthought and could have been weaved in better. There were definitely parts where I really felt for Blake who was putting his heart out there for Amanda only to have it continually trampled.
Overall, a sweet romance. I'll be looking to see what else Lisa Swinton has written.
Content: Some suggestive parts and innuendo, but pretty clean. Source: Received through eBooksforReview.com, which did not affect my review in any way....more